sunnuntai 6. lokakuuta 2013

L'Amusette's Le Petit Bal au Petit Palais

Last weekend L'Amusette, a dance and re-enactment group from Tampere, arranged a most charming ball at Pikkupalatsi. The guests were adviced to arrive fully dressed so I got dressed at home and, after taking the photos you've seen of my coiffure, I squeezed my corseted and hooped self in to the drivers seat of our car and begun the two hour drive to Tampere. Not the most comfortable way to travel, but all the agony of the drive was forgotten as soon as I saw the place.



I loved that it had several drawing rooms in which to wander. It made the mood of the evening feel very authentic. Like being in Chatsworth House when the duke and duchess are entertaining guests.



On the other end was a small ball room in which music was played almost the entire evening and the ball room floor was always full of happy dancers.


Of course I was so happy to meet Sanna again and Noora finally properly for the first time. There was a lot of chat about dresses and sewing and Noora had just been to Bath so of course we wanted to hear all about that.


And we were happy to have some soldiers present to entertain and dance with the ladies.

© Sanna

The cake and tea was delicious!

© Sanna


We had all kinds of entertainment during the course of the evening. 

Ida danced a passionate solo.


There were also games and fortune telling.


Pia sung for us and Noora played the harp.


You could also get your portrait drawn.


Pia and Petri read aloud extracts from some very scandalous 18th century novels like Fanny Hill,  Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. All very entertaining.

The ball room floor was tiny and I had to pull the train up and I was extremely happy that I was wearing pocket hoops that collapsed so easily. But the size of the room didn't affect the enjoyment from dancing. I'm slowly learning the routines and, despite few blunders in the beginning of Indian Queen, I was mostly able to concentrate on the social aspect of dancing instead of concentrating on the steps. 

© Sanna

The dress did it's job well, but this might have been the last ball I'm wearing it. When all the other girls are wearing cute stripey English style gowns I feel like Marquise de Merteuil in the company of Duchess of Devonshire. In other words, old fashioned. Maybe there will be a robe à la Française meet-up one day. And if such an occasion should come, I would be happy to wear it again, but as long as the prevailing fashion is mostly from 1770's, 1780's and 1790's I think I'll be mostly sticking to false rumps instead of pocket hoops for the time being.

© Sanna

Thank you so much for L'Amusette for making this wonderful ball happen. 
I always take too few photos but you can see more from others through this link.

20 kommenttia:

  1. What a lovely place! It is fabulous when there are multiple rooms to wander through, each with different activities. It really does feel more authentic. You, your dress, and your hair look fabulous, of course. It's nice to switch things up, so I hope you'll have just a much fun wearing others styles of dresses as well. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    Best,
    Quinn

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you very much! Multiple rooms are fabulous. :)

      Poista
  2. WOWIE!!!!!!!!! lol beautiful place! :D looks like you had fun! :D

    VastaaPoista
  3. You looked splendid, of course. I do think it a bit amusing however that you felt oldfashioned compared to the others, when you were all wearing fashions more than 200 years old :) I undesrtand completely - I would too, but I still find it diverting.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you! And you are right, it's funny when you think about it. :) But the late century fashions are so much more playful than early and mid century ones that they can have that effect.

      Poista
  4. Ah, I would have such bal in Poland...
    You look gorgeousl! I love your gown, it's the most wonderful robe à la française which I have seen in my life! :)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you so much! You are always so kind to me. :)

      Poista
  5. Englannin taitoni ei riitä ihan kaikkia tekstejä ymmärtämään, mutta kuvatkin jo kertoo paljon (ja L'Amusetten sivut, joita vilkaisin) :) Upea paikka ja puvut ihania!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Oli kyllä todella hieno ilta. Toivottavasti sinullekin tarjoutuu joskus tilaisuus osallistua L'Amusetten tapahtumiin.

      Poista
  6. I wish someone hosted such meetings in my country, a costumed (and masked ;) ball is my dream. You all look so lovely and I really like your robe a la francais, don´t feel oldfashioned! :)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you very much! And I hope your dream will come true.

      Poista
  7. What an amazing ball - such gorgeous place! But those meeting always have the effect, that ideas for 'new' garments call you to sewing table afterwards, isn't it ;)

    Sabine

    VastaaPoista
  8. You know what? Upon seeing photos of this event, my fiancee asked me why my dress didn't have as much decoration as yours and obviously he thought yours was prettier! ;D You looked as elegant as always!

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    1. Thank you, right back at you! But I have to say that clearly he doesn't know what he's talking about for there's nothing fancier than stripes. :)

      Poista
  9. It was lovely to meet you properly! And old-fashioned? I thought you looked so elegant! That gown would've held its own in an actual period gathering, I'm sure! To be able to make a francaise that beautiful and carry it so well is not easy :)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank very much! You are too kind.
      I hope I'll see you again soon! At the Christmas Ball perhaps?

      Poista
  10. Oih, aivan mielettömän upeita pukuja! Ja oi, mikä paikka <3 Onko blogiisi mahdollisuus liittyä lukijaksi? Minulle ei näy ainakaan sivujesi "lukijat" kohtaa :(

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Siellä oli kyllä silmänruokaa tarjolla, sekä pukujen että paikan osalta. :)

      Olen aika huono näissä "koodauspuolen jutuissa" joten en oiken osaa neuvoa miten tähän pystyy liittymään lukijaksi. Olen pahoillani. Mutta luulen että se onnistuu jotenkin sillä minulle näkyy että liittyneitä on melkein neljäsataa kun olen kirjautuneena.

      Poista